This week in literacy we have been focusing on our comprehension skills which we have been developing by reading our class novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, and answering questions based on the text. At the start of the week we also studied the political life of Winston Churchill and learned that he led Britain to victory during World War II. In addition to our comprehension work, we also chose our new books literature circles. We are reading: Blitzcat; Shadow Jumper; The Eagle in the Snow and War Horse as they are all World War II themed.
Our focus in Maths is on money. At the start of the week we were divided into co-operative learning groups where we all had crucial roles to carry out; we had to complete 5 different budgeting activities. We then created group posters to demonstrate our learning. Also this week, we have been learning about Exchanging Money and the Exchange Rate. We have learnt how to convert British money into foreign currencies and vice versa.
Other areas of the curriculum
In PE we have been focusing on our balance and control through gymnastics. To support this we created sequences on the floor and the equipment.
In Social Studies our desire to learn so many more facts to do with World War II has continued to grow, and coincidentally there have also been two Newsround specials on the Holocaust and Anne Frank during which we listened attentively and took notes. We carried out personal research to learn who the main leaders were and what the key events were during WWII. We created portraits of all the World War II leaders using the skill of line and shade with charcoal. The results were amazing!
In Health and Wellbeing our main focus was our Listening and Talking skills where at the start of one lesson we played a game of WWII Whispers. We also used our drama skills, in pairs, of going into role, to act out a route we took driving around a village. Our goal was to identify directions and landmarks using our listening and observation skills
Valuable information On Monday the 28th January we are having a whole Primary 7 year group memorabilia photo taken as well as individual photos for our Young Scot cards.
Well done to all the awesome Primary 7 children who organised and delivered a fun and inclusive Activity Day raising vital funds for Children In Need. There were Free Activities where children could win a prize: Pin the Bandana on the Pudsey; Best Dressed Children per Stage. There was also a Free Quiz: winners will be announced next week once the Primary 7s have had a chance to mark the answer sheets.
P7M planned a Guess Pudsey’s Birthday competition at 50p per guess. We used a Random Date Generator to choose the date which was 30th November. The winner was a girl in P5HW. P7M presented her with her cuddly Pudsey backpack.
The Bake Sale organised by P7F was a massive sellout! Not a crumb was left! The Primary 7 children engaged with all the children and listened carefully to what their customers wanted and ensured they gave them the correct change.
P7R had queues out of the door for Face Painting. The Artists did a superb job of turning their customers into tremendous Pudseys, Tigers, Cats, Lizards and Dragons!
Mrs Magill, Miss Fotheringham and Miss Robinson are incredibly proud of you all!
Primary 6 have decided to support the local charity Social Bite!
Social Bite are on a mission to STOP homelessness in Scotland.
The way P6 are going to support them is by doing a Wee Sleepout, sleeping in the gym hall.
The reason we chose to do a sleepout rather than anything else is because every year Social Bite do a sleep in the park to raise money. We wanted to know what it would feel like to be sleeping out of our comfort zone with no mattress, and no technology, but it won’t be as bad as being homeless but it will still be hard.
If you would to sponsor us please visit the Just Giving link below.
This week in Maths we have been learning about measure; how to estimate and calculate perimeter and area using formulae.
In Literacy we have been putting the finishing touches to our Coraline display of art and poetry. We wrote a variety of acrostic, sonnet and haiku poems. In addition, we have been overwriting a few paragraphs of a story called The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone in order to uplevel our writing to a more sophicsticated level and engage the reader.
During P.E. we have been beginning to learn the first few steps of the Gay Gordons for our P7 Ceilidh in December.
In social studies we received a very exciting visit from an MSP called Ian Clark who presented a talk and a workshop where we had our very own debate on whether animals should be allowed to perform in circuses; the majority vote was that it should be banned.
On Wednesday we had an awesome trip to Liberton High School where over the course of the day we learnt different skills, activities and competed against 13 other schools. We performed our very best and we received several different awards. We returned home with two trophies for 1st place in Athletics and Boys’ Rugby, 2nd place for Dance and three 3rd places for Girls’ Rugby, Taekwondo and Boys’ Football. We also took 1st for Best Dressed!
This week we have also had a few of our p7s helping out at the Book Fair and they all worked very well and cooperatively to raise a fabulous amount of money.
As you can tell we have had an incredible week and are looking forward to the next one ahead of us. Have a fab weekend everyone!!
Over the last few weeks we have been setting this term’s targets. The targets, which have been created jointly by the teacher and the pupil, focus on three areas of curriculum – Literacy, Maths and Numeracy and another subject suited to each class.
We have been discussing targets in class so the children know themselves as learners so please ask your child what their targets are (your child may call them Learning Intentions and Star Steps depending on their age) so we can all be partners in the children’s learning. These targets may have already been shared with you at Parents’ Evening and at the Drop-in today.
Evidence for these targets will then be gathered and shared in the pupils’ Learning Stories to see how they are progressing with their individual target. The staff can edit these targets if necessary. The Learning Stories will be sent home in December in order for you to see your child’s learning.
If you have any questions or queries then please ask the class teacher.
How to convert fractions, decimals and percentages in Maths. We then solved real life problems in a pizzeria using this learning.
How to write a character reference for a Head Teacher position in our Literacy Writing. We had to use our knowledge of writing pursuasive letters and using positive launguage in this reference. After reading chapter 4 of Coraline, our class novel, we used the Drama convention of Hot Seating to question the characters in depth, drawing on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
How to use Garage Band in Music to create a soundtrack for good and evil charaters to make connections to our class novel.
Next week we are looking forward to:
Completing our Bikeability!
Consolidating our knowledge of converting fractions, decimals and percentages.
Using our knowledge of Banksy grafitti art and David Zinn, chalk artist, to bring a smile to our playground 🙂